A brief examination of Calvin’s thoughts may help paint a more accurate picture of his theology. Calvin certainly does enjoin Christians to face "all the accidents to which this present life is liable," whether disease, pestilence, or the calamities of war, "with patience and endurance" (3). This attitude is to be rooted in an understanding of God as the "ruler and arbiter of the fortunes of all" (3). While the individual is enjoined to adopt this attitude toward his own situation, the Christian’s attitude toward others is to be characterized by a charity derived from the recognition that man "is distinguished by the lustre of his [God’s] own image" (3). This recognition, Calvin asserts, should lead Christians to "put themselves in the place of him whom they see in need of their assistance," which should then "incline him to assist him" (3). Further, Calvin condemns excessive austerity characterized by the belief that "earthly blessings" are to be used only for necessities and not for pleasure (3). Such a view, he contends, "not only maliciously deprives us of the lawful fruit of the divine beneficence, but cannot be realized without depriving man of all his senses, and reducing him to a block" (3).